Arabian Nights DVD+Blu-ray

Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1974


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Film Details

Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini

Produced in 1974

Main Language - Italian with English subtitles

Countries & Regions - European Film, Italian Film

Film Description

Following 'The Decameron' and 'The Canterbury Tales', Pasolini completed his 'Trilogy of Life' series with this adaptation of a number of tales from 'The Thousand and One Nights'. With its non-linear design structured around dreams and tales within tales, his telling of the story of Zumurrud, slave girl turned empress, is truly entrancing.

In slave markets and royal bedrooms, and with magic signs and evil demons, special potions and devious betrayals, these stories of destiny, sadism, passion deferred, and, most of all, love and lovemaking in all its myriad forms, is engrossing, mysterious, profound and liberating and makes for an exquisitely dreamlike, sensuous and adult interpretation of the original folk tales.

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DVD+Blu-ray Details

Certificate: 18

Publisher: BFI

Length: 125 mins

Format: DVD+Blu-ray Colour

Region: 2

Released: 5th December 2011

Cat No: BFIB1117

DVD+Blu-ray Extras

  • 2 discs
  • Remastered from original negatives and restored
  • Alternative English-language version
  • Original trailer
  • Deleted sequences.

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by David Parkinson on 31st March 2009

Known collectively as the ‘Trilogy of Life’, Pasolini’s interpretations of The Decameron (1971), The Canterbury Tales (1972) and Arabian Nights (1974) are his attempt ... Read on

by Anon on 19th October 2001

Yet another film to rank up with Oedipus Rex, The Decameron & The Canterbury Tales. But this time in colour. Like most of his previous films his feeling for atmosphe... Read on


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